21: Crystal Dunn
There was keen interest in how Dunn would fare after returning to the NWSL from Chelsea at the start of 2018, and her rapid rise in the charts demonstrates things went according to plan. Her ranking as North Carolina Courage’s top player shows how pivotal she was in a year where they dominated the domestic competition. Playing in a range of positions, she scored eight goals as the Courage won the regular season and followed that up by beating Portland Thorns for the overall title. Dunn also played a regular role as the USA went 20 games unbeaten through 2018.
Paul Riley, North Carolina Courage manager:
“Exciting, creative, game changer with tremendous athleticism. She continues to develop tactically and her positional flexibility makes her a special professional. Glides past opponents and her two good feet make her a major threat in and around the penalty box.”